Camden Haven athletes put in final training sessions before Ironman Port Macquarie 2019

IRONMAN: Kirran Versluis, Beryl Wilson and Melinda Coram catching up. PHOTO: Laura Telford.

IRONMAN: Kirran Versluis, Beryl Wilson and Melinda Coram catching up. PHOTO: Laura Telford.

Melinda Coram, Beryl Wilson and Kirran Versluis are three of the many athletes putting in final training sessions before Ironman Port Macquarie on May 5.

Part of two Beach Break Cafe teams participating in Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie, the teams are fundraising for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Beyond Blue.

"We have two relay teams for the Ironman 70.3 in Port Macquarie and between all of us we have some experience in triathlons or marathons but this is the first time we will all be coming together for something like this," Ms Coram said.

"We all wanted to do something for charity and with the challenge of Ironman it is a great thing to do physically as well as giving back to others."

Ms Coram is co-owner of Beach Break Cafe at North Haven and said the community have supported her business and so we wanted to help as well.

"In my line of work I get to hear so many different stories from people who come to get a coffee and over the years people have really supported us so we wanted to give back," she said.

"We chose the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Beyond Blue as our two charities to raise money for because cancer really does touch all of us in some way and there is not enough support for people with mental health issues."

Beryl Wilson is doing the swim leg in her relay team and said as times goes on the excitement is building.

"I have been doing triathlons for years but I am excited to be participating as part of a team," Ms Wilson said.

"My strongest leg would have to be the swim leg but during my training I have been running, cycling and swimming in the lead up.

"The charities we are raising money for also hold a special place in my heart being a cancer survivor also."

Runner Kirran Versluis said she too is keen for raceday.

"When Melinda called me and asked me to be on the team I jumped at the chance to do something like this," Ms Versluis said.

"For me, being able to be part of something bigger than yourself is a great thing and the two charities we are raising money for a excellent.

"The physical challenge of the race is one thing but knowing we will be doing some good as well is really nice." 

Ironman Port Macquarie and Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie will take place on May 5.

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